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Suzuki Piano Academy

El Dorado Hills, CA 95762 (map)


Lessons Offered

Music, Music Theory, Piano, Singing

Where are Lessons Offered

In Teacher Studio


About Me

Heather Williams is a graduate of BYU with a B.A. in Piano and certifiied through Level 6 in the Suzuki Piano Method.  She has a family in Fair Oaks ages 10, 8, 6 and 2 where she teaches in her home part time and a she owns full time studio in El Dorado Hills.  Heather has been running her own studio since 1999 in Richmond, VA where she employed 5 teachers and worked with over 200 students.  She has been a California resident since 2007 and has participated in the Certificate of Merit program since 2008.  She loves to sing and swing dance and teaches homeschool classes in El Dorado Hill on Wednesdays for K-3.  She teaches her Music Monkeys program at the Orangevale Montessori school and enjoys working with all homeschool charter programs.  She is a Music Together director in Fair Oaks and Carmichael and has enjoyed working with infants zero to age 5 since 2006.  She has been a full time piano teacher for about 22 years.

My Musical Education Background

Winner of Piano Scholarship 1991, 1992 MTNA Harrisburg Chapter Wednesday Club

Brigham Young University, B.A. Piano Emphasis 1999

Suzuki Piano Teacher Certified Levels 1A, 1B, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6

Jeanne Luedke Suzuki Teacher Education Course 2003

Jeanne Luedke Suzuki Parent Education Course 2003

Music Together Teacher Certified 2005

 

Genres and Subjects Taught

Suzuki Piano Lessons (age 3 and up)

Suzuki Parent Piano Lessons and Education Course

Music Mind Games (theory class ages 5-12)

Music Monkeys (music theory/performance class K-3)

Music Together (music classes for families and children 0-5)

Lesson Rates

Private Suzuki Piano Lessons

30 minutes/week   $130

45 minutes/week   $195

60 minutes/week   $260

 

Ages / Skill Levels Taught

Suzuki Piano specializes in the very young, age 3-5.  Children can be taught music naturally at a very young age and become proficient musicians about the same time they are learning to read books.  After a firm musicality is established and they are speaking "piano" fluently, reading piano music is introduced and married with continued Suzuki performance and ear training.  

Suzuki Piano also is wonderful students who have a had a poor piano experience or never ignited a passion for the instrument in previous studios.  Lessons lend themselves to true musical discovery and mastery without using the music initially.  Students learn that they can learn music and love it again!

Suzuki Piano is excellent for students with autism, ADHD and other special challenges.  Students with special physical challenges will find a voice through the Suzuki approach.  They will have a forum of expression and point of pride in themselves.

Suzuki Piano is nurturing for parents who are striving to be a good practice partner for their child or for those who'd like a second chance to learn the piano.  Many parents are eager students in this method.  Any and all fear melts away!

 

My Certifications and Awards

Brigham Young University Bachelor of Arts -- Piano Emphasis

Virginia Commonwealth University -- Suzuki Outreach Program and Teacher

Suzuki Piano School Levels One through Six Certifications

Music Together Certifications (3x) and Directorship

Music Teachers National Association Member since 1999

Suzuki Association of America Member since 2000

Music Teacher Association of California Member since 2008

My Musical Influences

Dr. Douglas Humpherys at Brigham Young University, Graduate of Juilliard,  current chair of the Piano Department at Eastman School of Music, 1976 winner of the Gina Bachauer International Piano Competition, 

Dr. Doris Leland Harel - Graduated from Juilliard, Professor at University of Texas at Austin

Carol Cross of Ellensburg, Washington Teacher of Suzuki Piano Basics

Jeanne Luedke of Newton, Connecticut Suzuki Teacher and Parent Educator

Debra Nicodemus of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania

Julia Benfer, Graduated from Juilliard

 


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